Indian Railways will adopt latest technology and procure modern equipments to ensure passenger safety on a war footing, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said.
Following the two derailments in less than two months, which Prabhu described as `very sad’, Railway ministry has decided to reduce dependence on manual system. The minister said he has meanwhile instructed all railway officials to involve in inspection on a regular basis.
“I am very angry about the derailments. We have to bring down such cases. For that, safety inspections have to be more vigorous. We have to procure modern equipment for safety inspection on a war footing to avoid manual exercise,” the minister said.
He said the Railways will now procure modern equipment for faster detection of fracture on rail tracks.
For more upgradation, experts from Japan and Korea would also examine the existing safety mechanism and suggest ways to strengthen it.
Commenting on the status of special railway safety fund, he said, “There will be no dearth of funds for safety works. We have written to the finance ministry for the special fund and the minister has agreed in principle for it. We were also assured of more safety funds this time.”
About train fares, Prabhu said, “Earlier there was no competition for railways. But now situation has changed. Budget airlines are directly competing with our premier service.”
PSUs under railways, like IRCON, RITES and RVNK would also be involved in checking safety parameters and suggest measures to repair loopholes, if any.